Consumer Watch: Protect your personal, financial info while vacationing

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by WHAS11

WHAS11.com

Posted on May 1, 2012 at 5:12 PM

(WHAS11) -- Planning your summer travel? A few simple steps before, during and after your trip, can protect your personal and financial information from identity thieves.

When you take off on vacation, identity thieves can go to work. Between passports, credit cards and other documents travelers can be prime targets for scammers looking to swipe personal information.

Adam Levin of Identity Theft 9-1-1 advises that some items are best left at home.

"Make sure that you're taking a limited number of documents with you, because documents if they're stolen they can create a great deal of trouble for you," said Levin.

Levin also recommends limiting the number of credit and debit cards you take on your trip. Keep one of each in the hotel safe in case your wallet is lost or stolen, and have your bank keep tabs on transactions.

"You also want to talk to them about giving you either text or email notifications of transactions occurring above a certain amount or for any ATM transactions in the world," said Levin.

When you get home, let your financial institutions know that too.

"Just confirm with your bank and your credit card company that you're back, and that they should start to see transactions in the normal zone that they're used to," said Levin.

As a backup it's important to track your statements online as often as once a week, to make sure everything adds up.

If you have a consumer tip for WHAS11's Andy Treinen, he wants to hear from you, send him an email to consumerwatch@whas11.com.
 

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